Site update

Happy New Year!


Happy, happy new year, everyone! I can’t believe that it was just a couple of days ago that we were all doing our preparations for the end of the year, going on holidays, and just celebrating Christmas.

But now, it looks like we’re right into the thrust of brand new year, and the school year is starting for many of you out there, and I wish you the very best for that.

As we come into a new year, I hope that many more of you are going to see the importance of the English language (and not just IGCSE First Language English!) in your everyday lives, and not only just become better at using it on a day-to-day basis, or understanding the nuances that make it such a beautiful and incredible language, but I also hope that somehow or another that you’re going to find joy in being able to make use of the skills that you learn in the upcoming year of 2024 to understand the world better.

2024 was a year of profound challenge for many of us out there. People faced war, struggle, and strife.

Even as we took part in our studies, faced with the luxury of being able to simply learn unabated and unstopped by anything out there, there was a great privilege on our parts to be able to obtain knowledge, and obtain knowledge you did through this website and through the various resources that were available here.

Thank you for doing that, and thank you for investing in yourselves.

Meanwhile in these early days of the year, I’d like to advise you all to take a moment of time and think about the English language outside of your exam performance, and to see it as something that is capable of bringing you more than just that scholarship and more than just that university admission, because those are all extrinsic motivations, goals that come from outside of ourselves, and things that, at the end of the day, are outside of the English language.

Now, of course I know that a lot of you out there, you have your own reasons for wanting to excel in this exam. You don’t know the exam format, you just want to get that A star or various other things out there.

But, amid this new beginning, I encourage you to be more reflective about why you’re doing this, and how you can move from just being motivated by a carrot at the end of a stick, towards looking for all the many reasons that you have out there to become better at the language, because it’s interesting, because it’s going to help you to access dramas, because it’s going to help you to just become a knowledgeable person at the end of the world, as you master the world’s lingua franca and have it right at your fingertips.

In the year ahead, I have no doubt that many of us will continue to face challenges that are of unprecedented scale and scope, but I’m also confident that many of you out there are going to thrive, having taken the first steps to do so by seeking out the knowledge that you need from here – and we hope to provide more to you in the year ahead.

As you thrive, I hope that you will take this message with you into the year, as you consider ways of strategizing and building your strategies outwards towards developing yourself as an effective English language learner.

Go get those A stars if you’re looking for them, and go conquer the world as you see it. If this website was able to be a part of your journey, then I’m tremendously honored, and I wish you the very best for an outstanding 2024.

Have a great one ahead, and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Site updates (live office hours, essay bank updates, and everything in between!)


Hello hello everyone! What a whirlwind of a weekend it has been.

Amongst other things, I gave a speech yesterday at the Asia School of Business about education in the age of artificial intelligence, but that’s less important than the realization that the May 2023 IGCSE is even closer than it was before; with that in mind, I thought to share with all of you today that there are going to be some rather big changes coming up on the site!

For one thing, we’re going to start live office hours, although we are initially restricting this only to premium members, although you may participate if you happen to be on a free trial. This will be a one-hour session that will take place on Tuesdays at 8pm MYT over Zoom – do join our premium memberships if you are interested to participate!

If you are a premium member, you should be receiving an email in the next couple of days; please check your email boxes to see if it shows up in spam – I do apologize as I am rather new to this and am still figuring things out!

Another thing is that the narrative essay bank and descriptive essay bank have been updated and will be progressively updated over the course of the weeks ahead, as we move towards the IGCSE. Samples will be provided to our free members as always though, so please don’t worry about that!

Yet another thing that we are interested to move forward on is live classes.

I am thinking to start a series of live classes for those of you who have been interested to see what we can offer you, so here’s how you can do that: Scan the QR code below and get in touch!

The pricing for the group class that I’d like to conduct will be MYR1000 for 12 sessions of 1.5 hours each, and there will be no capacity limit; it will cost RM100 to reserve your spot, and do allow me some time to come up with a payment link for you if you are from another geography.

For other classes, please go right ahead and contact me or fill in the form, and I will get right back to you!

If you’re interested, please go ahead and scan the QR code below and sign up 🙂

Thank you all so, so much for your support in recent days, and I look forward to bringing you more incredible content soon!

Thanks for stopping by! (And a few key updates)


Dear all,

Thank you for sharing our work and helping to advance the cause of First Language English in Malaysia!

Based on what I can see from this graph and also from the lovely comments of support out there, many of you are sharing this work far and wide to many different people around you; it would be difficult to imagine that 500 of you would have already visited the site in the short time that we have been active!

Thank you deeply for your support!!!

I’ll have to interrupt that touching expression of gratitude for a while, because we are far from done; there are two specific things that I would like to raise today!

The first of these is the posting schedule of this site.

We will be posting on this site a minimum of once per week, although it may be more.

You may expect updates on the site to take place at minimum on either Tuesday by 5pm MYT, or by Friday at 5pm MYT.

Do check back once in a while, and you will find some content that you should be able to share and that I hope you will find valuable!

The second of these things is content suggestions.

This blog exist to serve your needs, and it will grow in the ways that you want to grow.

This is only natural, since any piece of writing, if it is to survive for any meaningful duration of time, must fulfil the needs of its audience.

Even Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) agrees.

Any piece of writing must accomplish the act of generating value for the audience as well – that is why we repeatedly ask you to consider the audience in your writing.

Let me put it more specifically to those of you who are students out there:

If what you are writing does not serve the needs of the person who is reading it, they will not read it willingly, and even if they do, they are unlikely to be impressed. Examiners often read scripts because they have to… It’s their job.

But what if you were so incredible at writing that you made your script a joy for them to read? What if you created an experience with your words that catalyzes something that they will discuss in their examiner reports (important – to be discussed) with a sense of joy and enthusiasm, and talk about when they share their experiences with their friends and family?

A group of IGCSE examiners screaming wildly in response to the reading of a specific essay
Seen: IGCSE examiners discussing your essay 😅


Here on this website, we have a sense of what you need as a result of our experiences with numerous students, teachers, tutoring sessions, and otherwise, and we will continue to go forth to bring you advice about writing, book reviews, guides towards writing well, sample essays (free and premium, updated regularly), and will transition as well.

Still, we are not perfect.

We are human.

We will do our very best and beyond to try to create a good resource with the best information, best guidance, everything…

But we will inevitably miss the mark, because we cannot know what is inside your hearts – but we hope to move closer and closer to directly catalyzing the sparks of innovation, the love for literature, the mastery of language that you deeply seek and that we know, since you are here, to be deeply important to you to master either to yourself, your family, or your future.

We cannot possibly know what goes on inside your heads, what you want, what direction your dreams will lead to.

With that in mind…

If you have a piece of content that you would like to suggest, or if you would like to write for us as a guest contributor all on a freelance basis, please go ahead and fill in these forms:

  1. Content Suggestion Form
  2. Writer Application Form

Please share the posts and the forms with your friends, colleagues, students, teachers, and so on!

And so, that’s it!

Thank you for being a part of this epic journey to improve English language mastery for the Cambridge IGCSE 0500 First Language English examination, it’s a joy to serve you all as always, and have an incredible one ahead!